The Goschenhoppen Historians was established as an educational society dedicated to learning about, preserving, and teaching the Pennsylvania Dutch folk culture. Monthly Meetings, Symposiums, the museums at Red Men's Hall, the annual Folk Festival and other events at the Antes Plantation are some of the ways the Historians accomplish this mission. For more than 40 years the authentic recreation of the folk culture, trades, and home skills have been demonstrated at the annual Folk Festival. Red Men's Hall houses a local folk life museum, country-store museum, a research library and a blacksmith's shop. The Henry Antes House was acquired in 1987 with one acre of land in Upper Frederick Township and in 2000 an additional 25 acres were purchased. The Antes House has been designated a National Historic Landmark as an outstanding example of Pennsylvania German architecture in the mid-18th century, and in recognition of Henry Antes' contributions to Colonial America. The restoration of the house is nearly completed and the master plan for the property has been prepared.
For years the goal of the organization was to have a place of its own to keep alive the Pennsylvania German folk culture and to educate the public. The Antes Plantation is that place. We look forward to the continued support of the members and friends of the Historians as we continue with our mission.